Cardboard Tube Grinch & Max


Make a Grinch (and his friend Max the Dog) with cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls). Great Christmas craft for kids based on the Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It's time for another Read and Play!  For Halloween, some of my blogging buddies and I got together to bring you a great series of crafts, learning activities, and games related to our favorite Halloween books.  This time, we're tackling Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

One of our favorite Christmas books is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss.  Here's how we made this super cute Grinch out of cardboard tubes (that's the polite term for toilet paper rolls).  If the idea of using toilet paper rolls gives you the willies, or if your school prohibits it, you can substitute paper towel rolls, cut to size.

painting tube green for Grinch Craft

Start by painting one cardboard tube green.

painting tube red for Grinch hat

Paint another one red.  Lena's hand hasn't disappeared-- it's inside the tube!

Let them dry.  Then, cut the red tube into a triangley shape.  You want it close to a single point towards the top, and just cut open (without any of the circumferance actually being cut away) at the bottom.  This will make the Grinch's hat fit snugly on his head.  You can see the shape in the next picture.

Gluing on cotton balls to Grinch Santa hat

Glue a row of cotton balls along the bottom, and one on the top.

Cardboard Tube (Toilet Paper Roll) Christmas Grinch craft for kids

Draw a Grinch face.  This is probably a grown-up job.  You can do it, I promise!  Practice a couple of times on a sheet of paper and then just go for it.

Cardboard Tube (Toilet Paper Roll) Christmas Grinch craft for kids

He's done!  Now all all he needs is a little friend.  To make his pup, Max, start by painting a cardboard tube brown.  Add construction paper ears and twist a couple of pipe cleaners into 'antler shape'.

Max the Dog Toilet Paper Roll craft for GrinchMax the Dog Toilet Paper Roll craft for Grinch
Glue the pipe cleaner antler into place, and then tie a ribbon around the bottom and up at the top.  Unlike in the book and movie, this ribbon just decorative and doesn't actually hold the antler on.  Draw on a little puppy face.  Again, you can do it!

The Grinch and Max the Dog Craft for kids for Christmas

There's the two friends, all ready to ruin Christmas!

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Cutting Tiny Bites: Cardboard Tube Grinch & Max
Cardboard Tube Grinch & Max
Make a Grinch (and his friend Max the Dog) with cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls). Great Christmas craft for kids based on the Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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